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Man Convicted of Enticing 9-Year-Old

This news story was published on December 13, 2012.
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HOUSTON—Spring resident Steve Correa-Franco, 33, has entered a plea of guilty to enticement of a child and possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.

The charges against Correa-Franco arose in April 2012, when the Rochester, Minnesota Police Department responded to a complaint regarding the possible online solicitation of a 9-year-old child. The responding officer met with the child’s parents, at which time the father told police he had noticed the family computer open to the website and saw that his daughter had been communicating with someone. The father further investigated his daughter’s online activity and accessed her Yahoo e-mail account. In the account, he found extensive chat logs between his daughter and an unknown person with a Yahoo username of “Steve Correa,” later identified as Correa-Franco. The majority of the chat activity occurred on April 6, 2012.

During the April 6 chats, the girl told Correa-Franco she was  9years old. He said he was 16 years old and repeatedly discussed having sex with the young girl. He also sent the daughter several photos of himself that contained images of his face.

Correa-Franco asked the girl to take a nude photograph of herself, which she did using her Nintendo DS handheld game system. She took the photograph with the gaming system, uploaded it to her computer, and then e-mailed it to the address Correa-Franco had provided.

Law enforcement officers were able to trace the e-mail account to Correa-Franco’s residence in Spring. On May 18, 2012, a federal search warrant was executed, at which time agents seized Correa’s laptop computer. Agents were able to confirm the images e-mailed to the 9-year-old were, in fact, images of Correa-Franco.

A forensic analysis of the laptop computer resulted in the discovery of 210 digital videos of child pornography, including the lewd and lascivious exhibition of the genitals of minor children and actual sexual intercourse involving a nude minor female and adult male. The nude image of the 9-year-old victim taken by her at Correa-Franco’s urging was also discovered.

Correa-Franco faces a sentence of at least 10 years and up to life imprisonment on the enticement conviction, as well as another 10 years for possessing child pornography. Both convictions also carry a possible $250,00 fine. He also faces a maximum of life on supervised release, during which the court can impose a number of special conditions designed to protect children and prohibit the use of the Internet.

U.S. District Judge Sim Lake, who accepted the plea, has set sentencing for March 8, 2013. Correa-Franco will remain in custody pending that hearing.

The case was investigated by the FBI and the Rochester, Minnesota Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Stabe is prosecuting the case.

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    Graham Woodruffe of 7 Range Court Mullaloo WA 6027 an Australian